#WeWentThere: Uncivil War Stays In Fleming Hands

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Fleming Island’s Luke Chop (152) does his best Cam Brown impression, accidentally, in working a cowcatcher for a fall at #UncivilWar2019 Wednesday night. Chop falled Clay’s Jered Mosley late in the third period and the Golden Eagles took the dual, 54-13. (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen

FLEMING ISLAND — There were just not many ways for Clay to make inroads against the unrelenting pressure that Fleming Island brought to bear at #UncivilWar2019 Wednesday night.

Clay chipped out two decisions by a combined margin of victory of three points, plus one major, to tie the host Golden Eagles at 10 through five weights.

Eight matches and seven big bonus-point wins later, Fleming simply overwhelmed the Blue Devils, 54-13, to win Uncivil for the fourth straight year.

And Golden Eagles coach PJ Cobbert might ruminate more on the three matches that got away by a combined total of four points, as opposed to the 10 wins, seven of them by fall.

“This ain’t even the year we’re supposed to be great,” Cobbert said after the dual Wednesday night.

“A lot of those kids had never been in the spotlight (at meets like Knockout) before. We made the adjustment after that meet. We understood some of those tournaments, like Knockout, there’s kids from other states that you’ll never see again, there’s circumstances you can’t control. We felt if we adjusted the right way after (Knockout) that it didn’t matter how we did there…if we learned from it the right way. We got in shape, we got better.”

The results since then have spoken for the wisdom of that adjustment, and the results Wednesday night certainly did.

The 106 starting weight gave Clay a chance to stay competitive for a bit, and the first five weights did have some back and forth to them, as Tazz Hampton’s third-period turn proved the difference in an 8-6 win at 106.

Fleming answered with a pair of bonus-point wins to go up 10-3, with a first-period fall from Briar Jackson (1:58) and a 10-0 shutout from Riley Holton. Clay would break back to tie at 10-10, as Luke Davis gutted out a nearly dead-even match for a 2-1 win at 12 and Cale Hoskinson picked up the Blue Devils’ only bonus point with a late third-period turn for a 10-2 major at 132.

“I loved our fight; we just kept coming after it,” Blue Devils coach Hunter Hill said. “I wondered about how it would be for them, a young squad, coming in here. It’s an awesome dual meet.

“I’ve tried to explain to them that they’re doing something that is hard to do; in this country, nobody’s trying hard stuff, because they’re afraid to fail, but it’s OK to fail as long as you get back and keep doing it. And these guys are doing that. It’s going to take time, but we’ll get there.”

That lesson might come in handy for the Clay bigs, because Fleming found way after way to overwhelm the comparatively-inexperienced Blue Devil middle and upper parts of the lineup.

Dalton Williams (first-period fall at 138), Luke Chop (third-period fall at 152 after a substantial lead), Gavin Smith (second-period fall at 170), Anthony Breeden (first-period fall at 182), Chad Nix (first-period fall at 195) and Jeffrey Lascano (third-period fall at 220), all decisively held the upper hand in their matches before finding the right combination for pins.

So it was, too, during the 160 match, that Tanner Hill decisively held the advantage (third-period tech fall). Even the one match that was close, Gannon Janssen’s 4-3 win at 145, didn’t seem that close at several stretches, thanks to his strong ride in the second period and mental acuity to capitalize on his weapons for a late third-period takedown and eventual win.

Clay freshman Derrek Mosley did end that streak of Golden Eagle wins with a 3-2 decision at 285 for the Blue Devils, but the damage was done far earlier, with Smith’s pin at 170 clinching the dual with four matches left to go.

Both teams’ regular seasons, as they did for many teams Wednesday night, came to an end. Fleming Island will be the heavy favorite to repeat as 3A-District 1 champion on February 23, while the Blue Devils will also be favored to add to their string of district titles when they host 1A-District 3 on the 20th.

Complete match-by-match results for this and all other reported duals from Wednesday night can be found here.

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Prep Roundup February 13

North Florida Matmen staff report

TALLAHASSEE — The string of Tally successes continues for Lincoln.

The Trojans won their 22nd city title in the last 23 years on Wednesday night, taking down Florida High on the road, 51-26, on a night that saw the regular-season portion of competition come to a close for many teams in the Matmen coverage area.

Lincoln rolled out to a 48-3 lead, closing things down quickly against the Seminoles with eight max-point wins, including falls from Elliott Crum (152), Tony Davis (160), Jeremiah Brown (195) and Wyatt Yown (220).

Florida High would cut into that gap, but there were not enough weights to fully close it down, as the Seminoles had four bonus-point wins between 120 and 145, including pins from Brooks Dyer (120), Dennis Ganim (138) and Max Metcalf (145), plus a third-period tech fall from Tyler Reeve (17-1 in 5:04).

Lincoln’s Jimmy Martin (5-4 at 132) and Florida High’s Chauncy Riggsby (5-1 at 170) both picked up decisions.

Lincoln will host the 2A-District 2 traditional tournament on February 22, while Florida High will travel to Suwannee on the 21st for the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament on February 21.

Creekside 47, Bishop Kenny 27: At Creekside, the Knights — ranked fifth in the latest Florida Times-Union poll — still had a couple of missing starters from their lineup, but won each match between 120 and 145, all with bonus points.

That string of wins — which broke open a 15-15 tie — saw pins from Hunter England (120), Colin Brown (126) and Jake Summers (138), plus a 13-2 major from CJ Sexton at 132. Trey Chesser (195) and Wyatt Galloway (220) had earlier pins for Creekside, with Cody Smith (106) taking an 8-4 win and Antonio Carter (170) closing out the night with a 13-4 major.

Joey Cusick (152) and Andrew Slade (160) both won by fall for the fourth-ranked Crusaders (same FTU poll), with Esa Farah kicking off the dual with a 5-2 win at 182.

Creekside will compete in the 2A-District 4 traditional tournament on February 20 at Matanzas, while Bishop Kenny will host the 1A-District 4 meet on February 23.

Buchholz 54, Bartram Trail 21: On the Bobcats’ Senior Night, Buchholz won seven of nine matches between 132 and 220 to put together the dual victory.

Bryan Perkins (120), Xiya Zhou (132), Hunter Griffin (138), DeAngelo Fletcher (145), William Green-Church (152), Jason Martin (170) and Lawrence Smith-Jackson (195) all won by fall for Buchholz.

Vincent DeLeo (106) had the Bears’ only pin on the night, while Cathan Simpson (6-4 at 126), Luis Parrales (6-0 at 160) and Clarke Hamilton (10-7 at 220) each won by decision for Bartram Trail.

Buchholz will be in the 3A-District 1 traditional tournament at Flagler Palm Coast on February 23, while Bartram Trail will be at 2A-District 4 on the 20th.

Chiles tri-meet: At Chiles in Tallahassee, visiting Wakulla swept to a pair of dual victories, putting down Ridgeview (63-15) and the host Timberwolves (68-12). Chiles defeated Ridgeview, 54-24, in the in-between dual.

Double winners for Wakulla included Raymond Hatchman (pin & decision at 120), Matthew Owen (126, 2 pins), Isaiah Wilson (132, 2 pins), Chase Roberts (138, pin), Noah Wilson (145, pin), Andrew Annand (182, pin), John Trevor Hinsey (195, pin), Slade Watkins (220, decision) and Darius Wilkins (285).

Kevonte Times (160, 2 pins) and Kyle McGill (170, pin) were double-winners for Chiles, while Matthew Rodriquez (106, 2 pins), Gabe Guzman (113, decision & pin) and Reed Propes (152, pin & decision) were each 2-0 for the Clay County Panthers.

Wakulla will be at 1A-District 2 in Suwannee at February 21, while Chiles will be at 2A-District 2 at Lincoln on the 22nd and Ridgeview will be at Terry Parker for the 2A-District 3 meet on the 23rd.

Ponte Vedra 54, Nease 30: At Ponte Vedra, the Sharks took advantage of seven forfeits to pull away from their injury-depleted district rivals.

Ethan Baur (145) and Troy Maritato (182) both won by fall for Ponte Vedra.

Nease did win the contested-matches battle, with four pins on the night. Chad Severt (126), Gavin Riccobono (132), Jacob Satterfield (152) and Colin White (160) all won by fall for the St Johns Panthers.

Both the Sharks and Panthers will be at the 2A-District 4 meet on February 20.

Orange Park 54, Episcopal 6: At Orange Park, in three contested matches, the Raiders allowed just one Eagle pin in taking the dual.

Dean Ganci (120) had a pin for Orange Park, while Davon Bailey (113) won by technical fall.

Episcopal’s Reid Hampton (145) was the only Eagle to get his hand raised on the night, winning by fall there.

Orange Park will be at the 2A-District 3 meet on February 23, while Episcopal will be at the 1A-District 4 meet, also on the 23rd.

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This was a really nice idea and glad it was my home school. With no seniors to honor, Stanton had roses for all of the mothers and wives for both the Blue Devils and for the mothers and wives for visiting Englewood Wednesday night. (Photo submitted by Forrest Wheeler).

Englewood 52, Stanton 9: At Stanton in Jacksonville, the visiting Rams allowed just two contested wins to the Blue Devils, with seven contested wins of their own.

Hunter Padgett (126), Howard Sam (160), Jordan Mitchell (170) and Shammy Augustin (182) each won by fall for Englewood, with Lynden North (14-1 at 138) taking a major decision and Ricardo Resto-Rivera (8-1 at 120) and Ben Paramo (7-2 at 145) both taking decisions for the Rams.

Stanton picked up a first-period fall from Charles Woo at 195. Liam Salem (5-3 at 152) won by decision for the 2A Blue Devils.

Both the Rams and Blue Devils will be at the 2A-District 3 meet on February 23.

Leon 48, Godby 24: At Leon in Tallahassee, the Lions won the intracity rivalry with six forfeits, plus a pair of falls.

Alex Crago (113) and Ethan Eudy (145) picked up the two contested victories for Leon.

Godby won three contested matches, all by pin, with Nigel Brown (138), Madison Melton (152) and Robert Harrell (220) all recording falls.

Leon will be at the 2A-District 2 meet at Lincoln on the 22nd, while Godby is at the 1A-District 2 meet at Suwannee on the 21st.

Missing results: We just got Fernandina’s two against Robert E. Lee and Baldwin (Lee and Baldwin are both on writing hold and need to get me multiple items to come off hold), and we have half of the FSDB quad and should get the rest of that later. We’ll add as time allows. I could be writing last night’s stuff still even tonight yet.

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Apropos of Nothing…

I ran across this link while I was about to call up the Florida teams in Trackwrestling.

This was written by Andy Hamilton at Trackwrestling. If you don’t know who Andy is, you should. I think Brant would agree with me that Andy Hamilton is THE GOAT for wrestling media in the country (some might say Craig Sesker, but he went to go work for the USA Wrestling organization, and I guess, in sort of a way, Andy did, too, by leaving the Des Moines Register for Trackwrestling, but that’s what’s happened to newspapers in this country).

I mean, kids are going to do what they’re going to do. But the elite in the sport do not approve. I would take very seriously the opinions of Tom Ryan, Cael Sanderson and Jordan Burroughs.

Perhaps more should. Not sayin just sayin.

Anywho, while you’re waiting for my content — and geeze I am so far behind right now, but the roundup piece is maybe 15 minutes away if my phone would stop going off and my email would stop flooding — here’s the link to this story. There’s more than a few that need to read it.

http://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/PortalPost.jsp?TIM=1550160279265&twSessionId=qqxjymkzgl&postId=1277793132

 

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#WeWentThere: Yulee Wins Inaugural Bell-Raulerson Title

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Forever Saints: A display at Sandalwood for Cameron Bell (photo on left, on left in middle photo) and Hayden Raulerson (photo on right, on right in middle photo) was available for review by wrestlers and fans during the course of wrestling at the Bell-Raulerson Invitational Friday and Saturday (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen

JACKSONVILLE — Cameron and Hayden would have loved it.

They would have enjoyed cutting up with, and throwing shade at, their teammates.

They would have enjoyed seeing their former coaches and pile-driving the hospitality room’s food into oblivion.

They might have enjoyed a couple of the referees’ calls. Some of them, leastways.

Mostly, they would have enjoyed the competitive, back-and-forth nature between their once-younger-but-now-more-grownup Saints teammates as they battled Yulee for first place at the inaugural Bell-Raulerson Invitational tournament, a memorial event dedicated to the lives of former Saints wrestlers Cameron Bell and Hayden Raulerson, who were killed on June 9, 2018, along with two friends in a Gilchrist County car crash.

The tournament was begun in their memory.

“It’s the first real tournament, other than conference, that we had put together in the last four years,” Sandalwood coach John Eldeb said. “We’re hoping to build it to 16 (teams) next year. Definitely an annual tournament and keep it running. We owe it to those two kids that were in the accident. It was great to see the older kids come back and represent Hayden and Cameron, and represent Sandalwood. Some of the older coaches came back, too.”

And while honoring Cameron and Hayden was the foremost goal of the weekend, eventually there would be wrestling that needed to be staged on the mats as well. And, when it was all over, the visiting Hornets had held the Saints off by just a point, 166-165 for first place.

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Yulee wrestlers, managers and coaches celebrate a hard-fought title win Saturday at Sandalwood’s Bell-Raulerson Invitational (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

“I thought we had lost, honestly. It’s a good end-of-year tournament for us,” Hornets coach Brandon Crowder said. “We’re ready for a couple of weeks off to get ready for districts. Everyone fought hard; they all know what they have to work on.”

Englewood was third in the tournament with 134 points, followed by West Nassau (102), Atlantic Coast (100.5), Nease (99), Fernandina Beach (84), Terry Parker (65.5), FSDB (24) and Baldwin (zero).

A recap of each weight class follows:

106: Atlantic Coast’s Cameron Courtenay won by fall three times (prior falls 2:59 over FSDB’s Landon Higganbotham in the quarters, 3:13 over West Nassau’s Garrett Butler in the semis), the last of those in the finals over Englewood’s Rayquan Staples (2 pins prior to final). Higganbotham won by disqualification over Butler for third place.

113: Fernandina Beach’s Jeremy Mahoney (#10 in 1A) bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with pins over FSDB’s Rey Suero (4:41) in the quarters and Englewood’s Adrian Vasquez (3:01) in the semis. Mahoney then majored Yulee’s Tristan Martinez (decision prior to final), 10-1, for the title, with Sandalwood’s Hunter Milner overcoming Vasquez, 13-12, for third place.

120: West Nassau’s Brendan Ferenchik had two pins, falling FSDB’s Lance Gardenhire (:37) in the semis and Sandalwood’s Gabriel Daltro (pin prior to final) in 4:18 for the title. Gardenhire downed Englewood’s Ricardo Resto-Rivera, 10-7, for third place.

126:  Nease’s Gavin Riccobono (#11 in 2A) pinned or teched his way through, with a 20-5 tech (3:43) over FSDB’s Ty Snow in the quarters, fall in 1:09 in the semis over West Nassau’s Kyle Overturf, and a second tech (19-3) in the title match over Yulee’s Orion Duffy (pin prior to final). Sandalwood’s Juvens Augustin pinned Overturf in 1:20 for third place.

132: Yulee’s Bryce Bees needed just 1:48 in two matches to claim his bracket, with pins in the semis over West Nassau’s Bradly Kraai (:32) and a fall in 1:16 over Englewood’s Dairo Guerra (2 pins prior to final) for the championship. Kraai pinned Sandalwood’s Jermell McCall in 1:42 for third place.

138: Yulee’s Aston Ricks won by fall in the semis (3:48 over Sandalwood’s Theodore Tolliver), then, in one of the better finals matches of the day, overcame Englewood’s Lynden North (pin prior to final) with a sudden-victory takedown for a 15-13 decision. Tolliver pinned Atlantic Coast’s Tyler Exum in 1:29 for third place.

145: Sandalwood’s Lavaughn Brown, the tournament’s outstanding lower-weight wrestler, had three pins in the tournament (before the final, :33 in quarters over Atlantic Coast’s Aryam Gholinezhad, :39 in semis over Baldwin’s Johnathan Santiago), the last of those in 1:28 in the title match against Englewood’s Ben Paramo (2 pins prior to final). Yulee’s Jesse Johnson, like Ricks before him, survived a wild sudden-victory match, overcoming Terry Parker’s Tijuan Boyance with a takedown for a 17-15 victory for third place.

152: Nease’s Jacob Satterfield (#11 in 2A) had three falls in 3:15 for his championship, falling Sandalwood’s Matthias Comboul (:26) in the quarters, Yulee’s David Wyatt (:19) in the semis, then pinning Fernandina Beach’s Jeremiah Giedrys (pin prior to final) in 2:30 for the championship. West Nassau’s Taison Mullins pinned Wyatt in 1:41 for third place.

160: West Nassau’s Requan Works (#9 in 1A) picked up two pins (1:23 over Englewood’s Howard Sam in quarters, 1:34 over Atlantic Coast’s Seth Stratton in the semis), then a flurry of offense on both sides went his way in a 17-12 decision over Sandalwood’s Leonardo Alonzo (pin prior to final). Strartton decisioned Sam, 9-5, for third place.

170: Terry Parker’s Jose Candelario had a tech and two pins to win the bracket, teching Yulee’s Aidan Justice (16-1) in the quarters and falling Englewood’s Jordan Mitchell (3:43) in the semis, before earning a second pin over the Saints’ Joshua Brown (major prior to final), this time in 5:04. Mitchell majored Nease’s Colin White, 14-5, for third place.

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Terry Parker’s Landon Dains (left, upper weights) and Sandalwood’s Lavaughn Brown (lower weights) were the Outstanding Wrestler winners at the Bell-Raulerson Invitational at Sandalwood on Saturday (Photo submitted by Deitmar Dains).

182: Terry Parker’s Landon Dains (#5 in 2A), the tournament’s outstanding upper-weight wrestler, bonus-pointed through the bracket, with a 15-5 major in the semis over Sandalwood’s Joshua Newkirk and fall in the finals (2:24) over Fernandina Beach’s Uriah Giedrys (#11 in 1A at 195). Newkirk won by injury default over Nease’s Kirill Kim for third place.

195: Yulee’s Michael Crawford (#15 in 1A) never went past the first minute, taking three pins in 2:27 (:32 over Sandalwood’s Chase Whitentoh in quarters, :56 over West Nassau’s Jackson Rowell in semis), the last of those in 59 seconds over Atlantic Coast’s Quintin Donald (pin & decision prior to final). Nease’s Angel Rodriguez downed Rowell, 12-9, for third place.

220 : Atlantic Coast’s Seth Miller won his first tournament Saturday, with an 11-7 semifinal win over Fernandina Beach’s Robbie Elefterion (#19 in 1A), then pinning Yulee’s Bradley Durrance (#11 in 1A, pin prior to final) in 3:01 for the title. Elefterion came back for third, pinning Sandalwood’s Devin Smith in :47 for third place.

285: Yulee’s Grayson Pope clinched the tournament for his team, with a pin (3:08 over Sandalwood’s Christian Henry in the quarters) and two decisions (2-1 over Terry Parker’s Evan Jefferson in the semis), the second of those a 3-2 win over Englewood’s Chris Lands (pin prior to final). Atlantic Coast’s Zach Crawford decisioned Jefferson, 8-4, for third place.

Complete brackets can be found here.

Rankings as noted in this story are solely generated, and Matmen-endorsed, by Brant Parsons. Updated as of February 6.

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Timberwolf Recap: Ft Walton Beach Breaks Through

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Ft Walton Beach wrestlers and coaches celebrate a team title won Saturday at Chiles in the top picture; at bottom, coach Tobi Marez is pictured with unbeaten wrestlers, from left: Brandon Mallin, Kaleb Williams, Luther Fagalima and Carlos Bogan (Photo submitted by Tobi Marez via Facebook).

North Florida Matmen staff report

TALLAHASSEE — It’s been four years since Ft Walton Beach won a team trophy at a tournament.

On Saturday, the Vikings went back to the Gulf with the biggest one.

Ft Walton Beach ran the table at Chiles’ Timberwolf Duals, the last dual tournament to be staged inside the Matmen coverage area, on Saturday, going 5-0.

After defeating four pool opponents — Arnold (57-24), Pace (42-38), Lincoln B (66-6) and Bozeman (66-12) — the Vikings took down the hosts in the crossover round, 48-24, to win the title.

Ft Walton Beach jumped out to a 24-0 lead with four max-point wins up top, including back-to-back-to-back pins from Kaleb Williams (182), Patrick Adams (195) and Spencer Mackenzie (220).

Chiles bounced back to cut the lead to 12, with a pin from Hunter Brown at 106, but the Vikings re-extended to 33-12 with a pin from Weston Burbidge (126) and a 10-8 decision from Brandon Mallin (120).

The Timberwolves got it back to 12, 33-21, behind an Andrew Mullins fall at 138 and 8-6 win from Preston Scoggins at 132, but Ft Walton Beach put the dual away with a forfeit at 145 and Caleb Tourgee win at 152 (9-3). The teams then traded victories to close out the day, with FWB’s Corban Ferguson (160) winning by fall and the hosts’ Kyle McGill (#10 in 2A) taking a 9-3 win at 170.

For the day, Ft Walton Beach had four starters go 5-0, with three of those four achieving a maximum of 30 dual points scored for their team. Carlos Bogan (#18 in 2A at 145, 3 pins), Williams (182, 3 pins) and Luther Fagalima (285, 3 pins) all accomplished that, while Brandon Mallin (120, 2 pins & decision) also was 5-0.

Tourgee (152, pin & 2 decisions), Eddie Alexis (170, 3 pins & decision) and Spencer Mackenzie (220, 3 pins & decision) were all 4-1, while Reid Gannon (106, 2 pins), Weston Burbidge (126, 3 pins), Maquis Muniz (132), Ferguson (160, 2 pins) and Adams (195, pin) each contributed three victories on the day.

A recap of the other nine teams in the Timberwolf Duals field follows below:

Chiles: The hosts won Pool A with dual victories over Wewahitchka (60-18), Leon (49-22), Choctaw (53-30) and Marianna (45-21) before falling to the Vikings in the championship dual. Two Timberwolves were 5-0 on the day, as Mullins (138/145) scored max points on the day, with three pins, while Brown also went 5-0 at 106, with three pins and a tech. Olufemi Egberongbe (120, pin & major), Scoggins (132/138, 2 pins & decision), Will Wiggins (152/160, pin) and McGill (170, pin & 2 decisions) all chipping in 4-1 days. Alex Adkins (126, 2 pins), Mitchell Monk (132/138, pin & decision) and Austin Wheeler (182, pin) all contributed three wins for Chiles.

Pace: The Patriots had only the dual loss to Ft Walton Beach mar their record, but placed third with Pool B wins over Bozeman (70-3), Arnold (64-15), Lincoln B (60-16) and Marianna in the third-place crossover dual (60-21). Of the 13 Pace starters, 12 of them had at least three wins. Four wrestlers were unbeaten, as Ethan Billhimer (#18 in 2A at 132, 132/138, 2 pins & major), Kishma Davis (#10 in 2A at 152, 2 pins & major) and Nate Golmon (#3 in 2A at 160, 160/170, 2 pins, medical forfeit & major) were all 5-0 and Seth O’Gara (138, 4 pins) was 4-0. Atticus Waters (113, pin), Joseph Cortez (145, 3 pins) and Wyatt Dillon (#20 in 2A at 195, 195/220, 3 pins) all were 4-1 for the Patriots, while Brody Andrews (160/170, pin & major), Jasmine Casey (182, pin), Michael Poole (220/285, 2 pins) and Cameron Goodenow (285, 2 pins) each had three wins apiece for Pace.

Marianna: The 1A Bulldogs took second in Pool A, with victories over Wewahitchka (42-24), Leon (54-21) and Choctaw (48-3), but Marianna dropped both of their last two on the day. Three Marianna wrestlers were 5-0, with two of them scoring max points on the day. Neal Smith (#17 in 1A at 113, 113/120, 2 pins) and Corey Davis (#11 in 1A at 182, 182/195, 3 pins) were the two max-pointers, while Jonah Mercer (195/220, 3 pins and decision) also was 5-0. Cody Lewis (145) and John Maddox (#11 in 1A at 170, 2 pins & decision) both had three wins for the Bulldogs; Maddox, a junior, went over the 100 career-wins mark on Saturday.

Arnold: The schedule of duals didn’t help the Marlins much, as they started off 0-2 in Pool B, but then won their final three duals (50-24 over Lincoln B, 57-11 over Bozeman and 48-19 in the crossover round over Leon) to place fifth overall in the tournament. Tanner Brockman (106/113) scored maximum points for Arnold, with three pins, while Will Ashby (113/120, pin & 2 decisions) also was 5-0. Griffin Hebert (138/145, 2 pins) and Casey Peppers (220, 3 pins) both were 4-1 for the Marlins, while Jacob Smith (120/126), Nick Kendrick (152/160, pin, tech and decision) and Jake Bingham (182/195) each had three wins for Arnold.

Leon: The Lions picked up two Pool A wins, defeating Choctaw (45-36) and Wewahitchka (36-18). Jaquenez Madison (160) was Leon’s only unbeaten wrestler to appear in all five duals, with a pin and major in contested matches. Cole Dalton (138/145), Ethan Eudy (145), Jalani Stockton (170) and Josh Seabrooks (220) each contributed three wins apiece for the Lions.

Choctaw: The Indians had just nine weights covered, but still won twice, with a 48-18 Pool A win over Wewahitchka, and took down Lincoln B, 36-34, in the seventh-place match. Of the nine starters, seven of them had at least three wins in the day. Logan Myers (#19 in 2A at 152, 3 pins) and Chase Pelfrey (220/285, 2 pins) were 5-0 and scored max points for Choctaw, while Deagan Kilpatrick (106, 3 pins) and Jesse Sarver (182, pin) were both 4-1. Ethan Pfhul (113/120, 2 pins), Aiden Savage (195, pin) and Michael Barton (220/285, pin) each had three wins for the Indians.

Lincoln B: The Trojans, a few of them in their first gig as starters in a larger varsity event this season, did occasionally struggle to find their way in Pool B, going 1-3 there, with a 64-18 win over Bozeman. Sai Ennam (170, 3 pins & major) and Omarion LaRoach (195, pin & tech) were both 4-1 for Lincoln, while Steven Leger (120, pin) contributed three wins on the day.

Wewahitchka: With just five wrestlers, the Gators couldn’t find a win in Pool A, but did take the fifth-place crossover by forfeit. Of the five, just two had losses on the day, with the other three all scoring maximum dual points for Wewa. Conner Roberts (113/120) had four pins, while Johnathan Harvey (126/132, #9 in 1A at 126) and Dylan Jacobs (138) each had three as all three Gators were 5-0.

Bozeman: The Bucks didn’t find a team win on the day, with just six wrestlers in the lineup. Just two wrestlers had at least two wins, but Brian Zerr (#19 in 1A at 126) was unbeaten (4-0) on the day, with two pins, a tech fall and a decision.

Complete match-by-match results for all 24 duals in the tournament can be found here.

Rankings as noted in this story are solely generated, and Matmen-endorsed, by Brant Parsons. Updated as of February 6.

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#WeWentThere: Fleming Tops Field At Clay Rotary

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Fleming Island wrestlers stop for a team photo after taking the 2019 Clay Rotary team title Saturday in Green Cove Springs (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

By SHANNON HEATON
North Florida Matmen

GREEN COVE SPRINGS — Wrestling is firstly, and rightly, known as a sport of aggression, and the area’s top program, Fleming Island, certainly takes a back seat to no one on the mats when it comes to that.

But what separated the Golden Eagles, particularly during their final round of wrestling Saturday afternoon, was a group ability to maintain composure and patience under pressure. That allowed Fleming to steadily pull away from a 37-team field that included two fellow team dual state runnerups, as the Golden Eagles outpointed Charlotte, 312.5-278, for the team title.

“When you’re in shape, you can do that stuff,” Fleming Island coach PJ Cobbert said of his team, which bagged three individual titles to go along with the team win.

“We’re still trying to figure some things out. Do you run? Do you save your legs? Every weekend’s a different test. We wanted to change things up (Fleming was originally scheduled to go to Lake Gibson’s IBT this past weekend), but the road trips are killing us. We’ll refocus (Sunday). We can get better in some spots.”

Charlotte, last months 2A dual team state runnerup, had the second-longest road trip (no one touching T-9th Key West for that honor), traveling back to Punta Gorda with three individual titles of its own, plus an OW (upper weights) for Tarpons superstar sophomore Lucas Willis (#1 in 2A at 152).

“It (the postseason run Charlotte faces) is going to be rough. Going to be a dogfight between us and Riverdale and Palmetto Ridge,” Tarpons coach Evan Robinson said. “The kids actually paid attention to their coaches in the corner this weekend, which they haven’t done too well at lately. Kids are doing things we asked them to do. This is a big step for us going into the post-season.”

Wakulla, the 1A dual team state runnerup, was third with 190 points and three individual titles, that despite missing a few starters with the flu and taking just 11 wrestlers to Clay, fewest among any team in the top seven.

“It was a blast,” War Eagles coach William Pafford said of taking aim at two of the state’s premier programs. “Kids wrestled tough, got plagued by the flu. We normally bring 18 to a tournament like this, and we ended the day with just nine or 10. It speaks volumes as a team to still be third with all that, so that’s awesome. We’re 100% ready, can’t wait for regions and states.”

Buchholz (one individual champ) pushed past Hernando, 163.5-145.5, for fourth place, while Matanzas was sixth at 140. The host Blue Devils were seventh at 112.5, followed by Tampa Prep (eighth on six wrestlers, 92.5 points, one champ), Florida High and Key West (tied for ninth at 91) to round out the top 10.

Local teams in the 11-20 mix were Columbia (11th, 86.5), Bishop Kenny (12th, 67), Episcopal (13th, 66, one individual champ), Creekside & First Coast (tied for 14th, 60.5), Fletcher (16th, 53), Bartram Trail (17th, 52, one individual champ), Niceville (18th, 51), Suwannee (19th, 50) and St Augustine (20th, 48).

Other local teams in the tournament included Mandarin (22nd, 44), South Walton (23rd, 42, one individual champ), Oakleaf & Bolles (T-24th, 41.5), Robert E. Lee (26th, 40), Raines (27th, 38), Bishop Snyder (28th, 37.5), Middleburg & Palatka (T-29th, 32), Pedro Menendez (31st, 29), Ponte Vedra (33rd, 25.5), First Baptist Christian (34th, 20), Ed White (35th, 19) and Godby (36th, 16).

A recap of the tournament follows, with notes on 13 or 14 finals that included at least one local wrestler:

106 — Charlotte’s Andrew Austin (#3 in 2A) pinned his way into the finals (4 falls in all), where he scored twice and took a 5-1 decision in the finals over Tampa Prep’s Ethan Mojena (#3 in 1A, 4 pins prior to final). Fleming Island’s Hunter Herrington (#10 in 3A), who lost by fall (2:37) to Austin in the semis, came back to take third with a pin in the consi semis and 8-1 decision over Buchholz’s Aiden Moore (#16 in 3A). Clay’s Tazz Hampton (#10 in 1A) pinned Episcopal’s Joe Jackson (#19 in 1A) in 1:30 for fifth. Raines’ DaQuan King (13-8 loss to Jackson) and Bolles’ Jacob Witt (#18 in 1A, loss by fall in 3:51 to Moore) reached the blood round.

113 — In the finals, Episcopal’s Kyle Hopkins (#2 in 1A) scored in each period, with a quick turn in the first, to major Matanzas’ Shaun Culbreth (#4 in 2A), 10-1. Hopkins, the tournament’s lower-weight OW, had two pins, a major and decision prior to the finals, while Culbreth had three pins and a decision. Fleming Island’s Riley Holton (#5 in 3A), who lost to Culbreth in the semis, came back to place third behind a decision and 12-0 major in the third-place match over Hernando’s Jonathan Britton (#9 in 1A). Charlotte’s Patrick Nolan (#13 in 2A) pinned Florida High’s Emil Ganim (#13 in 1A) in 1:30 for fifth. Wakulla’s Jackson Merrick (#11 in 1A, loss by fall in 2:51 to Ganim) and Clay’s Justin Byler (loss by fall in 1:32 to Nolan) reached the blood round.

120 — Perhaps the marquee match of the evening in that it involved two 2018 state champions, Fleming’s Briar Jackson (#3 in 3A) broke open a back-and-forth affair midway through the third period by hitting a gut wrench for three back points, using those to secure a 9-7 victory over Charlotte’s Donovan Cataldi (#2 in 2A). Jackson had two pins and two majors prior to the final, while Cataldi had three pins and a major. Tampa Prep’s Collin Mojena (#1 in 1A), who lost by fall to Cataldi in the semis, came back for third with a major and 5-3 win in the third-place match over Buchholz’s Bryan Perkins (#15 in 3A), while Florida High’s Brooks Dyer (#3 in 1A at 113) winning by forfeit over Pedro Menendez’s Robert Iglesias (#16 in 1A) for fifth. First Coast’s Jason Schwartz (#18 in 3A, 8-3 loss to Dyer) reached the blood round.

126 — In what could be a preview of the 1A-District 2 final — if not the 1A-Region 1 final, assuming both stay at this weight — Wakulla’s Matthew Owen (#3 in 1A) capitalized on an over-extended move and scored a takedown with 32.4 seconds left in extra time, fending off two takedowns in regulation from Florida High’s Tyler Reeve (#5 in 1A at 120) for a 6-4 decision. Owen had three pins and a decision prior to finals, while Reeve had two pins and two decisions. Charlotte’s Malachi Schaeffer (#15 in 2A), who lost, 6-5, to Reeve in the quarters, won four times on the back for third, shutting off Fleming’s Ryan Hobson, 1-0. Columbia’s Ian McGuigan (#8 in 2A) overcame Clay’s Luke Davis, 7-5, for fifth, while Palatka’s Drevon Wallace (loss by fall to Schaeffer in 2:00) reached the blood round.

132 — Perhaps the most back-and-forth match of the championship round, Bartram Trail’s Nicholas Vugman (#4 in 2A) scored on four separate occasions, with a reverse and takedown in the third period proving sufficient to hold off Charlotte’s Ted Gjerde (#9 in 2A), 8-7. Vugman had three pins and a major prior to the finals, while Gjerde pinned his way there (4 falls in all). Clay’s Cale Hoskinson (#9 in 1A), who lost, 16-2, to Vugman in the semis, came back for third without allowing a point on the backside, with a 1-0 decision in the third-place match over Matanzas’ Lawrence Russo (#8 in 2A). Fleming’s Dalton Baysinger pinned Columbia’s Alex McGuigan (#17 in 2A) for fifth in 2:30, while Wakulla’s Isaiah Wilson (15-1 loss to Baysinger) and Palatka’s Brandon Lewis (10-0 loss to McGuigan) reached the blood round.

138 — South Walton’s Ethan Pickren (#3 in 1A) set the early tone with a takedown and later 3-point nearfall in the first period, then capitalized on a late throw attempt for a takedown in the final seconds to secure a 10-4 win over Hernando’s Josh Pritz (#4 in 1A). Pickren had bonus-pointed his way to the finals (3 pins and major), while Pritz had two pins, a major and decision. Fleming’s Dalton Williams (#7 in 3A), who lost 5-1 to Pritz in the semis, came back for third with a decision in the consi-semis and 12-0 major for third over Matanzas’ Josh Bower. Key West’s Devin Battle pinned Columbia’s Matt Arango (#6 in 2A) in 1:30 for fifth, while the Tigers’ Daveyon Brown (#12 in 2A, loss by fall in 2:07 to Arango) and Buchholz’s Hunter Griffin (loss by fall in 4:29 to Battle) reached the blood round.

145 — Wakulla’s Noah Wilson (#7 in 1A) scored five points for the early lead, then secured a reversal midway through the second period and made those stand up in a 7-0 decision against the tough ride of Fleming Island’s Gannon Janssen (#4 in 3A). Wilson had two falls and two decisions en route to the final, while Janssen had a pin, tech and two decisions. Charlotte’s Cody Rice (#4 in 2A), who lost, 4-2, to Wilson in the semis, came back for third with a pin and 3-1 decision over Hernando’s Boston Tafelski (#2 in 1A) in the placing match. Bishop Moore’s Devin Hernandez (#13 in 1A) pinned Columbia’s Matt Ross (#7 in 2A) for fifth, with Ponte Vedra’s Ethan Baur (4-1 loss to Hernandez) and Oakleaf’s David Parkes (#15 in 3A, 7-3 loss to Ross) reaching the blood round.

152 — Willis pinned his way through the draw, five falls in all, with the last one requiring just 1:10 to complete for the championship and eventual OW win. Bishop Kenny’s Joey Cusick (#4 in 1A) overcame a semifinal loss to place third with a major and 4-0 decision over Hernando’s Bronson Tafelski (#7 in 1A) for third place. Fleming’s Connor Rogers (#9 in 3A) shut out Buchholz’s William Green-Church (#20 in 3A), 10-0, for fifth.

160 — Fleming’s Tanner Hill (#6 in 3A) scored takedowns in each period, finding answers for each counter by Bishop Kenny’s Andrew Slade (#10 in 1A at 152), with the last takedown, with 1:13 left in the match, sufficient for a 7-5 decision. Hill had three takedowns and a decision prior to the final, with Slade the same numbers on his half. Clearwater CC’s Jake Mitchell (#7 in 1A), who lost, 8-4, to Hill in the semis, came back for third with a pin and decision, edging Buchholz’s Tracen Ransdell (#13 in 3A), 5-4, while Creekside’s Jalen Hines (#16 in 2A) majored Florida High’s Noah Perdue (#13 in 1A), 14-2, for fifth.

170 — As we saw in last year’s Rotary, Tampa Prep’s Colin Nation (#3 in 1A) had cradles for days, with a pair of them fueling a 12-0 major in the finals over Matanzas’ Quenteen Robinson (#3 in 2A). Nation had three pins and a tech prior to the finals, while Robinson had three pins. Hernando’s Fernando Valdez (#8 in 1A), who lost by fall (:32) to Robinson in the semis, came back for third with a pair of shutouts on the back, holding down First Coast’s Devante Wyatt (#19 in 3A), 2-0, in the placing match. Fleming Island’s Gavin Smith (#8 in 3A) pinned Fletcher’s Joel Rodriguez in 4:16 for fifth, while Florida High’s Chauncy Riggsby (loss by fall in 3:05 to Rodriguez) reached the blood round.

182 — Buchholz’s Armando Acosta (#5 in 3A) worked a turn in the first period, then picked up a second turn in the second period that became a pin in 2:54 in the finals over Wakulla’s Andrew Annand (#6 in 1A). Acosta had two techs and two pins prior to the finals, while Annand had three pins. Key West’s Jesse Garcia (#8 in 1A), who lost by fall to Annand (5:38) in the semis, won by fall twice on the back side, with a pin in 2:18 over Hernando’s Alex Espinal (#10 in 1A). Fleming’s Anthony Breeden (#14 in 3A) majored Niceville’s Sean Ripley, 9-1, for fifth, with First Baptist Christian’s James Griffin (loss by fall in 3:42 to Breeden) reaching the blood round.

195 — Exemplifying Fleming’s emphasis on controlled aggression, the Golden Eagles’ Chad Nix (#4 in 3A) capitalized on the one solid opportunity either wrestler gave the other, reversing 37 seconds into the second period, riding out 2A’s top-ranked Anthony Andou of Charlotte, then only allowing Andou an escape in the third for a 2-1 victory. Wakulla’s John Trevor Hinsey (#3 in 1A), who lost, 8-0, to Nix in the semis, came back for third with two decisions, including a 5-2 win in the third-place match over Buchholz’s Lawrence Smith-Jackson (#5 in 3A). Creekside’s Trey Chesser (#9 in 2A) won by a 5-2 decision for fifth.

220 — Charlotte’s Jose Valdez (#1 in 2A) stayed unbeaten for the season, scoring 10 takedows in the finals against Fleming’s Jeffrey Lascano (#5 in 3A) before working toward a fall in 5:43, Valdez’s fifth of the tournament. Lascano had two pins, a tech and decision prior to the finals. Wakulla’s Slade Watkins (#9 in 1A), who lost, 7-2, to Lascano in the semis, came back for third with a pair of decisions, the second of those a 6-2 win over Fletcher’s Ethan Hollenbach (#12 in 3A). Matanzas’ Cecil Bermudez pinned Mandarin’s Kevin Castro in 4:51 for fifth, while Bolles’ David Adewale (5-2 loss to Castro) and Buchholz’s Nevan Burney (loss by fall in 2:26 to Bermudez) reached the blood round.

285 — After getting his shoulder dinged as he went out of bounds during a tussle for positioning, Wakulla’s Darius Wilkins (#2 in 1A) seemed to get a second wind from the ding, roaring out to a takedown moments later, a takedown that turned into a fall in 3 minutes over St Augustine’s Darius Stanley (#3 in 2A) for the title. Wilkins had two pins and two decisions prior to the finals, while Stanley had two falls and a decision. Raines’ Jamon Goodwine (#3 in 1A), who lost, 3-2, to Wilkins, came back for third with a pin and a 2-1 decision over Fleming’s Raul Gonzalez (#14 in 3A), while Key West’s Hugo Tasayco (#10 in 1A) falled Hernando’s Sam Flemin in 4:49 for fifth. Mandarin’s Nicholas Wilbur (loss by fall in 2:17 to Fleming) reached the blood round.

Editor’s Note: Due to prior missing results for Suwannee, Robert E. Lee and Ed White, notes on top-eight wrestlers for those teams could not be noted in this recap.

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Braves Invite Recap: Short-Handed Lincoln 6th

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LAKELAND — With just nine wrestlers in the lineup, Lincoln still finished sixth out of 21 teams in the two-day Braves Invitational, hosted by 2A defending champion Lake Gibson Friday and Saturday.

The Braves outpointed Riverdale, 268.5-235.5, for the title, with Palmetto Ridge a distant third with 121. Freedom was fourth with 113 and Springstead fifth at 111.5.

A recap of the tournament follows, with Lincoln performances where noted:

106 — The hosts’ Jesse Gehr (#11 in 2A) had two pins and two decisions en route to the title, with a 3-1 win in the finals over Springstead’s Dominic Nardini (#9 in 2A; pin, major and decision prior to final). Lincoln’s Elijah Hendley was 2-2 in the tournament, falling in the round of 16 to Nardini (9-0). Hendley edged Dixie Hollins’ Matthew Medina, 5-4, in consi round 3 and decisioned Doral Academy’s Albert Manzini, 7-1 in consi round 4, falling, 8-0, in the consi quarters to Freedom’s Lens Mathurin (#13 in 3A).

113 — Palmetto Ridge’s Brennan Van Hoecke (#2 in 2A) pinned or teched his way into the finals, where he set the pace in a 9-4 decision over the hosts’ Chase Ayers (#3 in 2A, 2 pins & decision prior to final). Lincoln’s Mark Munroe (#5 in 2A) was a semifinalist and placed third. Munroe had pins over Celebration’s Yan Paul Zayas (#16 in 3A, round of 16) and Winter Haven’s Deaven Sinnett (quarters) before getting teched by Van Hoecke, 17-1, in the semis. Munroe teched Freedom’s Julian Rocher, 15-0, in the consi semis, then pushed past Springstead’s Kris Ortiz, 2-1, in the third-place match.

120 — Freedom’s Christian Fields (#5 in 3A) had a tech fall and decision to reach the finals, where he pinned Riverdale’s Tajh Clayton (#6 in 2A, 2 pins prior to final). Lincoln’s Ikeon Myles (#15 in 2A) was a semifinalist and placed fourth. Myles had two byes into the quarters, where he took a 13-8 win over Palmetto Ridge’s Leonard Feliciano. After losing by fall in the semis to Clayton, Myles edged Pasco’s Darrion Skelly, 8-7, in the consi semis, then lost by fall to Lake Gibson’s Chase Butler (#7 in 2A).

126 — Lake Gibson’s Connor Williams (#2 in 2A) pinned his way into the finals, where he shut out Riverdale’s Lleyton Taylor (#4 in 2A, pin/tech/decision prior to final), 4-0. No Lincoln wrestlers at this weight.

132 — Lake Gibson’s Brendon Abdon (#2 in 2A) picked up two decisions and a tech in getting to the finals, where he knocked off 1A’s top-ranked wrestler, Admiral Farragut’s Caleb Lemmons (2 pins & major prior to final), with an 11-5 decision. No Lincoln wrestlers at this weight.

138 — In a 2A battle of 1 vs 2 in the finals, top-ranked Shannon Hanna of Lake Gibson won the battle. Hanna (2 pins & major prior to final) overcame second-ranked Jared Dinh of Riverdale (tech/pin/decision prior to final), 3-1, in the championship match. No Lincoln wrestlers at this weight.

145 — The Braves’ Andreus Bond made it four titles in a row for Lake Gibson. Bond (#2 in 2A) pinned his way into the finals, where he decisioned Riverdale’s Coleby Barnes (#9 in 2A; 4 pins prior to final). No Lincoln wrestlers at this weight.

152 — Carrollwood Day’s Jonathan Conrad (#1 in 1A) pinned his way into the championship match, where he overcame Springstead’s Chris Morales (#2 in 2A, tech/pin/decision prior to final) with a 3-1 decision. Lincoln’s Eli Crum (#6 in 2A) reached the semifinals, but was one match from placing. Crum had three front-side pins (Riverdale’s Victor Perez, Dixie Hollins’ Trent Francis and Freedom’s David Pagan, #5 in 3A, in the quarters) before falling to Morales, 4-1, in the semis; Crum then lost to third-place Elijah Gray (#3 in 2A), 3-1, in the consi semis.

160 — Top-ranked (1A) Jacob Conrad of Carrollwood Day picked off two pins on Friday and two Saturday decisions, the second of those a 5-0 win in the championship over Riverdale’s Terrence Clayton (#5 in 2A). No Lincoln wrestlers at this weight.

170 — Dixie Hollins’ Coleman Bryant defended the #1 ranking in 2A, with three pins and a 3-2 decision in the finals over Lake Gibson’s Miguel Hernandez (#2 in 2A at 160; tech, pin and injury default prior to final). Lincoln’s Andrew Collins placed fourth, with his only two losses to Riverdale’s Nick Rodriguez (#19 in 2A) in the quarterfinals and in the third-place match. On the consi side, Collins pinned Winter Haven’s Joshua Germain and decisioned Palmetto Ridge’s Anthony Mesamours, 11-9, with a win by forfeit in the consi semis.

182 — Riverdale’s Jesse Martinez (#2 in 2A) bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with three falls and a major. The third fall came in the finals against Winter Haven’s Ethan Endres (#4 in 2A; pin & major prior to final). Lincoln’s Tanner Washburn (#17 in 2A) was 3-2 in the tournament and was one match short of medaling. Washburn decisioned Freedom’s Jordan Grant (#17 in 3A), 9-4, in the round of 16, then lost to Dunedin’s Desrion Arnold (#7 in 2A), 11-3, in the quarters. Washburn’s pinned Apopka’s Timothy Randolph in consi round 4 and decisioned Riverdale’s Ethan McLean, 6-1, in the consi quarters, falling to Celebration’s third-place Alfonso Serrano (#7 in 3A), 8-6, in the semis.

195 — Palmetto Ridge’s Colby Singletary (#3 in 2A at 182) pinned or teched his way through the tournament, with a fall in the finals over Riverdale’s Darius Parker (#2 in 2A, pin & major prior to final). Lincoln’s Jeremiah Brown was 2-2 in the tournament, with a round-of-16 fall over Celebration’s Marquese Carter before losing by tech in the quarters to Singletary (15-0). On the backside, Brown pinned Springstead’s Curl before losing to Apopka’s fourth-place Matthew Simms (#2 in 3A) by fall in the consi quarters.

220 — Palmetto Ridge’s Trillyon Fils-Aime (#10 in 2A) bonus-pointed his way through the tournament, with three pins and a major, with the third pin in the finals over Admiral Farragut’s Scanlin Payok (2 pins & decision prior to final). Lincoln’s Wyatt Yown was 1-2 in the tournament, with a round of 16 pin over Tenoroc’s Willy Gulley before losing by fall to Payok in the quarters. Yown then fell to Tenoroc’s Clyde Williams by fall in consi round 4.

285 — Newly-minted #1 (2A) TJ Barfield of Riverdale had a pin and three decisions to win the title, the last a 7-2 decision in the finals over Springstead’s James Spencer (#9 in 2A; 3 pins prior to final). Lincoln’s Jonquille Rivers was a semifinalist and placed fourth in the tournament. Rivers pinned Apopka’s Ralph Sanchez in the round of 16 and teched Tenoroc’s Kavion Gandy, 15-0, in the quarters before losing by fall to Spencer. Rivers then decisioned Palmetto Ridge’s Raymond Peralez (#14 in 2A), 12-5, in the consi semis, before falling to Lake Weir’s Cameron Carr (#12 in 2A), 5-0, in the third-place match.

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